Richard Okamoto
1399th Engineer Construction Battalion

Richard Okamoto

Richard Okamoto

Richard Kunio Okamoto, youngest of seven children, is born in 1918, in Waimea, Kauai.

His parents, Taka and Sozaburo Okamoto, are issei.

Taka is mainly a mother and homemaker. Sozaburo, an independent farmer, cultivates sugarcane to be processed at Waimea Mill. He also raises bananas, rice and pineapples; the latter in Kapaia, Kauai.

In the sugarcane fields, Richard helps with weeding, watering and "liliko" (harvesting pieces of cane); in the rice fields, he chases away hungry ricebirds.